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Gunter Jahn

Gunter Jahn
Born 27 September 1910
Died 12 April 1992(1992-04-12) (aged 81)
Allegiance  Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
Years of service 1931 – 1945
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Commands held U-596 13 November 1941–27 July 1943
29th U-boat Flotilla
Awards U-boat War Badge
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gunter Jahn (27 September 1910 – 12 April 1992) was German U-boat commander during World War II. He was born in Hamburg, Germany and began his naval career in April 1931 as a Seekadett. He first served on the light cruiser Nürnberg for more than two years, including nine patrols in the first year of the war.

In March 1941 Jahn joined the U-boat force and his first patrol were on board U-98 in September 1941. Later in November he commissioned U-596. On his second patrol he broke through the Strait of Gibraltar and went on to become one of the most successful U-boat commanders in the Mediterranean Sea. In July 1943 he left the boat and became the commander of the 29th U-boat Flotilla. In September 1944 he fell into French captivity, where he spent nearly two years.


  • Summary of career 1
    • Awards 1.1
    • Ships attacked 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Summary of career


Ships attacked

Date Name Nationality Convoy Tonnage
16 August 1942 Suecia  Sweden SC-95 4,966 Sunk
20 September 1942 Empire Hartebeeste  United Kingdom SC-100 5,676 Sunk
7 February 1943 HMS LCI (L) 162  Royal Navy 246 Sunk
9 March 1943 Empire Standard  United Kingdom KMS-10 7,047 Damaged
30 March 1943 Fort Norman  United Kingdom KMS-10 7,133 Damaged
30 March 1943 Fort a la Corne  United Kingdom ET-16 7,133 Sunk
30 March 1943 Hallanger  Norway ET-16 9,551 Sunk


  1. ^ Busch and Röll 2003, p. 349.
  2. ^ a b c d Busch and Röll 2003, p. 350.
  3. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 416.
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 [The U-Boat War 1939–1945 — The Knight's Cross Bearers of the U-Boat Force from September 1939 to May 1945] (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn.  
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA:  
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Navy]. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag.  
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  

External links

  • "Gunter Jahn". Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Korvettenkapitän Fritz Frauenheim
Commander of the 29th U-boat Flotilla
August 1943 – September 1944
Succeeded by

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